Sunday, April 16, 2006

Whither to Neuroinformatics?

“We are alarmed that the NIH
has chosen to poorly support
neuroinformatics under
the NIH Roadmap and Neuroscience
Blueprint initiatives.”
—Gazzaniga et al, Jan 2006.

Is this a sign that neuroinformatics funding is in trouble? If so, what can be done about it?

Granted, the "Decade of the Brain" (1990-2000) was not exactly a stunning success. Just compare it alongside the Human Genome Project's online and offline success to see how far behind neuroscience fell. But this does not necessarily justify the cutback in funding. There are excellent initiatives that have recently emerged. What we need to do is redirect the funding to those initiatives that have a high probability for success, and that have already evinced success. Those initiatives do exist: For example, and, to name a couple.


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